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    Native Forest CouncilPO Box 2190Eugene, OR 97402

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    Forest Voiceall 2002Fall 2002 A Publ icat ion of the Nat ive Forest Counci l s ince 1988 www.forestcounci l.org A Publication of the Native Forest Council since 1988 www.forestcouncil.org

    Nonprofit Org.

    U.S. Postage PAID

    Eugene, OR

    Permit No 310

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    Forest Voice 1988-2002ISSN 1069-2002Native Forest CouncilPO Box 2190Eugene, OR 97402541.688.2600Fax [email protected]

    Forest Voiceis sent free tomembers of the Native

    Forest Council. The costof U.S. membership is $35annually. Bulk orders of theForest Voiceare available for$25 per 100, plus shipping.A complimentary copy isavailable on request.

    All rights to publication ofarticles appearing inForestVoiceare reserved.

    PublisherTimothy Hermach

    EditorEd Dorsch

    Managing EditorWendy Martin

    Special ThanksScott BatemanBrett CampbellBrett ColeElizabeth Feryl

    Jim FlynnFunk/Levis & Associates:

    Chris Berner, David FunkPeddlers ExpressTrygve SteenSarah WiltzMatt Wuerker

    CoverThe Bush Administrationsresponse to summer forestfires is a call for increasedcommercial logging innational forests. Cover art

    by Matt Wuerker. See story,page 11.

    Submission GuidelinesWe welcome unsolicitedsubmissions that addressissues relevant to publiclands protection andsupport the Native ForestCouncils mission. If youwould like us to return yourwork, please include a SASE.

    Inspired? Angry?Impressed?Please write:Native Forest CouncilPO Box 2190Eugene, OR 97402

    Forest VoicesKeep Up the Good Work

    Hello Friends,This is an Earth Day thank you, hug and general

    keep up the great work card from (getting to be long-time) supporters of Native Forest Councils work. Its sad

    to witness the vestiges of industrial exploitation of the earthsabundance so greatly diminish the quality of life we are passing

    along to our children. We live not far from where Rachel Carsonslife drew to a close nearly four decades ago, and I shudder at theecosystem decline and loss since then. How would she assessthe modern ethic for conservation, personal responsibility andreverence for creation? I trust that NFC would score well, but as asociety we have been tragically sleeping. We know that Republican,legislative and judicial control means increased pressure onour sacred publiclands. We must worktirelessly to protect ourinheritance andremember that nostruggle to protectlife on earth is everoverThe pressure toexploit and developwill be back tomorrow. We know that NFC will be there, too,

    carrying our message: No More Logging on Federal Land! (Campfire allowances as needed!)

    Please, please know that your good efforts are making adifference. David Brower, quoted inEarth Island Journal, Summer2002: Dont expect politicians to do your job for you. Politiciansare like weather vanes. Our job is to make the wind blow!-Barbie Lynch, Mark Keating, Celeste Keating, Takoma Park, MD

    A Terrible LossDry and bitter cold,with flint hard rockand treeless mountains,the vistas of the Great Basinecho like a moonscape,dazzling with abandoned beauty.If the left behind and rejected placesstill astonish with Gods creation

    what were the rich valleys likebefore we altered the landfor ease and commerce.There is a terrible losswe leave unspoken,worse than our unrelenting devotion to war.Weve silenced His voice in the riversand paved over Her beauty.What grief must lay before us.

    -Don Hynes, Portland, OR

    Support from New York High SchoolThe Environmental Club of Centereach High School strives torecognize notable organizations that serve the community onenvironmental issues. This year the Club members have decidedto donate money from their fundraising efforts to Native ForestCouncil so that you may continue your good work. Please accept

    our enclosed donation. We hope it will assist your organizationin its continued efforts to protect our public lands, mostparticularly our treasured national forests.

    -Sincerely, Elaine Maas, Environmental Club Advisor,Centereach, New York

    Editors note: Centereach Environmental Club chose one local, regionaland national organization that focuses on each of the central elementsof the environment: land, air and water. The Club chose Native ForestCouncil as the national recipient of their donation because of ourmission to protect and preserve public lands.

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    An open forum for Forest Council members0

    Patrick McDonnell. Reprinted with special permission of King Features Syndicate.

    What We SeeThe intense deep cobalt blue of the lake makes me think of CraterLake. But this lake is not a perfect circle. It is more the shape ofan apostrophe. There is a trunk of an old pine lying in the water.Move up the trail, look back, and we can still see the tree lyingthere. Its that big. The slope is steep, and as we climb you pointout something perched on a dead snag. It looks like an eagle but

    is too large. Ive never seen a bird that large. The color appearsdazzling white, but also blue, and it is the blue that holds myattention. The head is white like a bald eagle, I think, but it takesoff before we can get a better look. Then we see higher in thesky other like birds circling. They look too large to be able tofly but they are floating in wide circles like buzzards who havespotted death. We look for other people to witness this sight but

    there is no one closeenough to hear us. Wewant to leave and findpeople to bring backto this spot. We dontwant this story to bedismissed. We want tounderstand what it isthat we are witnessing.

    Then, as we watch to our right, moving across the sky, a group

    of Botticelli-like women, hair and clothing draping gracefullyaround their forms, each leans toward the other in exquisitesympathy, each supports the other together ascending.

    Later I approach a roomful of people and I inquire if anyonehas seen the eagle, but I dont mention the women.

    This weekend I read that a young woman, Beth OBrien, fellto her death from a tree while protesting the Eagle Creek timbersale. The sale was cancelled a few days before her fall but it wassaid the protesters couldnt be reached because of the snow. Theparties involved with the decision said that the cancellation hadnothing to do with the protesters. Our senator called the deathof the young woman a waste. No recognition for her sacrifice isgiven here on the ground.

    The sightings of the blue eagles and the young womenoccurred in a dream a day or two before reading of the death ofthe young protester.

    -Barb Emge, Eugene, OR

    Native VoiceFor Tim HermachIn memory the reflection liesupon a wasteland openingwhere the untrammeled heartwill no longer contain this destruction.

    Your life sifts through volumes of information,grains of sand in the hour glassturning upon itself:Theres no time to do it again,nutrients of fragile forest giants stacked 10,000 years,a light switch of catastrophic change hinged on global warming.The crust of a military presencebrings forth this child of peace

    whose anger no longer containsany mercy for the source of our degradation.So, mingling spirits in fire, you make your stand:We are coming.Get out of the way.We are in your face forever.WE WILL NOT COMPROMISE!

    -Lloyd Marbet, Boring, Oregon2000 Secretary of State Green Party Candidate

    Chief petitioner of Campaign Finance Reform initiative

    We must work tirelessly to protect our inheritance and

    remember that no struggle to protect life on Earth is ever

    overThe pressure to exploit and develop will be back

    tomorrow. We know that NFC will be there too, carrying

    our message: No More Logging on Federal Land!

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    News and Views

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    CONTENTSCONTENTS4 Red Rocks

    Utahs proposed Redrock Wilderness is a rugged, fragile desert of extremes. Itsalso threatened by grazing, drilling and off road vehicles.

    7 Summer SiegePublic lands across the nation are being threatened by extractive industries andthe Bush administrations corporate controlled agenda.

    10 We Already Pay Taxes!Native Forest Council joins with citizens to promote free access to public lands

    and end the controversial Fee Demo program.

    11 Cover Story: Forest FiresDespite overwhelming evidence that commercial logging makes wildfires worse,the Bush administration has called for public lands logging as the fire solution.

    15 Solutions: Preventing WildfirePrivate homeowners could take simple steps to save public dollars and put fewerfirefighters at risk. Heres what they could do and why they arent doing it.

    Forest Voice Fall 2002

    Native ForestCouncil

    The Native Forest Council isa nonprofit, tax deductibleorganization founded bya group of business andprofessional people alarmedby the willful destructionof our national forests. Webelieve a sound economyand a sound environmentneed not be incompatibleand that current public landmanagement practices aredevastating to both.

    The mission of the NativeForest Council is to protectand preserve every acreof publicly owned land inthe United States.

    Board of DirectorsAllan BranscombLarry DeckmanSharon DugganCalvin HecoctaGeorge HermachTimothy HermachMark MinnisNathan Tublitz

    Advisory BoardEd Begley, Jr.

    Jeff DeBonisErika FinstadDavid FunkRev. James Parks MortonLewis SeilerFraser Shilling

    PresidentTimothy Hermach

    Vice PresidentEd Dorsch

    StaffRobert MarisWendy MartinMichelle PageDebbie Shivers

    InternsLeah GreensteinClaire Tongry

    VolunteersJohn BorowskiDana Furgerson

    Jean Hanna

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